Whether or not you’re a football fan, you likely know who Tim Tebow is. Whether you know him for “Tebowing,” or his virginity, Tebow has made the news in more ways than anyone would wish.
After signing future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos promptly traded their prodigy QB to the New York Jets.
The Jets promised Tebow a special role as a wildcat QB and named him the number-two quarterback behind Mark Sanchez.
Fast forward to December: Greg McElroy is starting in place of the injured/benched Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow is on the trading block for next season after seeing little to no playing time or opportunity in 2012. With two games still remaining in the 2012 NFL season, there are already reports of Tebow being moved to Jacksonville for 2013.
What’s disturbing about Tebow’s career is how similar it is to something we have experienced/are experiencing/are going to experience in our own lives. Like so many of us, Tebow’s job circumstances changed without his control. In his new role, he was promised opportunities for growth (2nd string), recognition (wildcat), and a committed chance to achieving his dream job within the organization (QB). However, as the year continued, it was obvious to those around him that the promises were not being kept and that Tebow’s role within the organization was fading. When his opportunity to start presented itself in the form of a Mark Sanchez injury, he was passed over for the younger employee to fill the role – and suddenly, the realization hit that he would never receive what he was promised when he took the job.
As Tebow walks away from what has been a disturbing 2012 for him, his misfortunate is our opportunity for learning. Through it all, Tebow has maintained his moral character; never disgracing the organization or getting caught up in the complaints. As a result, he has a following who understands what he’s been through and appreciates the way in which he’s handled it. Additionally, his career stands a chance at revitalization in Jacksonville because his strong work ethic, and closed lips have not gone unnoticed by the league.
Whether your ties are cut by your own hands, or by someone else’s, maintain a positive image for everyone around you. At the end of the day, one door closing is just the audition before the next one opens – and everyone’s watching.